Photos: Steven Taylor in Newcastle United first-team training

The 29-year-old was pictured back in training with the first team.

Steven Taylor was pictured in Newcastle United first-team training on Thursday afternoon.

The defender was ruled out for the season in January but has made a welcome return to light training - notably, he wasn't pictured in a practice match or on the ball.

It's unclear when the 29-year-old will return to action but his steady recovery is an encouraging sign considering how short on numbers Newcastle are at the back.

Taylor recently gave an interview with the press about his side's precarious situation, admitting it was 'horrible' to see John Carver looking like he had aged after the club's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland in their latest Tyne-Wear derby.

The Magpies sit just two points above the Premier League relegation zone with two games left of their campaign. Carver's men face Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United in a bid to ensure their top-flight survival.

As everyone will by now know, however, Newcastle's recent form reads eight defeats in a row followed by a draw.

Will QPR roll over enough for the Tyneside outfit to secure a rare win - or will any attempt at survival end in vain?

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